Jazz singer Jamie Cullum has come under attack from animal rights group Animal Defenders International after playing a gig at Munich's 100-year-old circus building Circus Krone. He hasn't joined the circus or anything like that - as well as its resident circus, the building's just a venue that gets used by all manner of rock and pop performers. But, according to ADI's chief executive Jan Creamer that's not the point: he was condoning cruelty to animals just by being there.
|The view from Jamie Cullum's dressing room?|
Elephant and camels wintering
at Circus Krone
In his regular programme on BBC Radio 2, however, Cullum had already told his listeners a rather different story: "I'm actually playing a in a circus tonight. When I say a circus I mean an actual circus so when I look out my window I can see lions and tigers ... Tonight I'm literally in a circus and it's a beautiful venue and looking forward to playing here tonight."
Will ADI start picketing Cullum's gigs? Well, you know what they say about working with animals and children...
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